Back to Russia, where Nikita Golyshev (CD-R) and Evgeny Novikov performed an impressive live session (13/03/05, Moscow), which formed the building blocks of this quite experimental album.
The unique approach of this duo allows for the most distant elements to be combined in something that sounds at times like a (sur)real environment, and at other times more like a guitar thrown in a trash compactor (if you've enjoyed NTT014 - Universumix, you realise that this isn't necessarily a bad thing).
The intruiging thing is that their music effortlessly jumps from laidback electric guitardrones and field recordings to distorted walls of dark processed noises, without affecting the overall coherence of the album. The real beauty in this work though lies in the fine use of some very elusive electronic processions and recordings which blend perfectly into their gloomy canvas.
While CD-R has always been somewhat of a peculiar brand of its own, this album proves that their ability to find new aspects in music is very much underestimated. So hopefully, you will be convinced in the same way.
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May 7, 2005 Subject:
CD-R continues to develop and expand
Aspekt starts out very strong, i really like that thunderstorm recording. Its mysterious and beautiful. The combo of guitar with digital sounds shows that one can improvise on a computer...no reason to think that music must be constructed in a linear fashion. This is the pitfall of many digital artists. The album ends on a strong note, so overall this is a very good release!
May 7, 2005 Subject:
Audience 5th track is amazing.
This soundscape has moments of glitch and anarchy, but all the effects seem carefully controlled, very dramatic and well done. The expansive 5th Audience track weaves a lot of textures, plus a brooding lingering melody.
Lots of foghorn-like bellows, random voice sampling, electronic pops and hisses, a little reminiscient of Ligeti's atmospheres. This work is very layered, with each layer doing its own thing. I do like how at intervals, the work returns to one or two layers, letting us breathe a sigh of relief once in a while. Never a dull moment throughout.
I couldn't quite follow the development of Ascent 2, although it did get less rowdier by the end. And the final movement ended very serenely--great moment. The piece starts with samples from a thunderstorm, and I think a thunderstorm is probably a fitting image here: grandiose, hovering, raining down all sort of notes, and eventually dissipating.